Republicans wary of Obama’s public health care summit

Republicans have said all along they want the health care  debate out in the open and criticized President Barack Obama for holding discussions behind closed doors.

So Obama proposes a televised summit with Democrats and Republicans and now the GOP says it’s not too sure that’s such a good idea.

Republicans have issued a list of “pre-conditions” and — if they don’t get what they want — they might not show up.

Some feel Obama and the Democrats are laying a trap and they say they’re not going to walk into it.

“This is a clever tactic by the president to try to put the Republicans on the defensive,” said John Feehery, GOP consultant and former congressional aide, told The Associated Press.

Feehery says the move by Obama is more “style than substance.”

Other Republicans say Democrats have lost momentum on health care and they might stay away to help kill existing health care legislation.

Writes GOP leader John Boehner  and Whip Eric Cantor in a letter to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel:

Assuming the president is sincere about moving forward on health care in a bipartisan way, does that mean he will agree to start over?

Republicans want Obama to rule out “budget reconciliation” rules that Democrats to enact some health care provisions with a simple Senate majority, not the 60-vote super majority needed to halt filibusters. With the loss of the Massachusetts Senate seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Democrats now have 59 — not 60 — of the Senate’s 100 seats.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs responded to the letter, saying Obama is “open to including any good ideas that stand up to objective scrutiny.”

But White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said the president will not rule out reconciliation.


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  1. Nogood

    “– if they don’t get what they want — they might not show up”


    I thought this was a norm for a politician.  What about what the citizens of this country want??????????????  When I was a young man, I was under the impression that our elected representatives were there to represent us, not act like a bunch of kids playing ball.

    Remember playing ball when you were a kid?  An argument breaks out, the kid who owns the ball goes home with the ball.  The kid with the bat, goes home. The rest of the kids are left there in the vacant lot still fighting between themselves.  Politicians and kids, a lot in common.




  2. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    I know I’m going to be derided for supporting Obama’s health reforms and I’d like to say I agree with 90 percent if not close to 100 percent with many of the posters views on other topics regarding the PNAC scams, the duplicity of Obama carrying out Smirk’s policies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other issues…but I do part company after that regarding health care.

    In California, Blue Cross Anthem is rasing rates for health insurance by 39 percent. For me that is up from $520.00 to $596.00 bimonthly. Blue Cross is being challenged on this by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about jacking its premiums.

    Californias state Department of Insurance is adamant Anthem delay its rate increases until May 1 to give the state time to investigate.

    Who knows what the outcome will be but I’m not holding my breath.

    So Carl, Bryan, Don’t launch nuclear missles at me, but I do happen to disagree about the health care issue with you. I do agree virtually across the board on many other issues which you all. I really enjoy your postings which are incredibly astute with links provided as well as the kitchen sink.

    Obama’s health plans may be expensive but after all the years of Smirk’s plundering of billions down the Iraq rat hole I am glad to see an investment aimed at our citizens.

    What I really enjoy about CHB is the statesmanship and decorum of the posters and their civility although occassionaly the fur has been known to fly, but its civilized fur flying.

    I am just furious about these Blau Kross Robber Meisters.

    The presidential elections are a long way off, but
    I always try to see the silver lining and one of those silver linings is the possible candidacy of Arnold Ziffel for president but alas, I don’t think it will ever happen…Ideally, a Ziffel/Kucinich ticket would be GREAT!!!

  3. Nogood

    My Medicare Supplement jumped 20% in Sept. last year and this year I saw a 40% jump in my Medicare Part D . And to top all this, I am very healthy and do not take any prescription drugs. I said that when Bush pushed this drug plan through, that it was nothing but a “scam”, if you don’t take it you are penalized when you do take it out.

  4. giving-up-in-nc

    What is going on in this country relating to health care, wars, corporate influence, and spending in general are not sustainable. My guess is you will see the the insurance companies put themselves out of business because of the way they are jacking up premiums, and that the US defaults on its debt, both occurring within 20 years.

    IMHO the next 20 years are going to be some trying times for the average american.

  5. woody188

    Why do we carry insurance when if we actually need medical attention we often are forced into bankruptcy?

    Let’s start over and just pay cash to the doctor and all the darn unnecessary vampires can suck on that.

  6. giving-up-in-nc

    As premiums pass $1000/month with $5000 deductibles more and more people are doing exactly what you are saying. Put that monthly premium into a savings account, and beef up the uninsured motorist part of your auto policy and hope you don’t get a major cancer or something like that. After a year or two you’ll have saved up enough money to cover minor to moderate health care issues.

    That’s why I was saying the Health Insurance companies will probably at some point end up putting themselves out of business because of the crappy way they treat their customers. More and more people are realizing that the products they are selling just are not worth it.

  7. griff

    As usual, most of the problem stems from government stifling competition through overregulation that benefits the big guys and makes it impossible for smaller companies to get in – or stay in – the game.

    The Democrats aim to further whittle down any competition (which, by the way, results in lower prices and more choices) with this healthcare fiasco.

    I see the Republicans’ role in this as basically playing their “conservative” role in shaving some costs from the overall deal while doing very little to change the overall scheme.

    And I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of abortion debate tossed in the mix to keep both sides frothing at the mouths.